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Energy

OR - Wind Power off Oregon Coast Could Provide More than Electricity

Winds blowing off the Oregon Coast are some of the strongest in the nation, offshore or on land. They hold significant energy potential.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

OR - Elakha: The Repowering of OSU's Valued Research Vessel

Ocean science is in high demand by scientists studying ocean acidification, wave energy, seabed composition, changing water temperatures, fish populations and dozens of other research projects. The Oregon State University (OSU) has a proud history in the field. The wide variety of research project require a variety of vessels.

Pacific Northwest
Aquaculture

CAN - Canada Takes Next Step Towards Transitioning Open-Net Pens in Coastal B.C. Waters

The Government of Canada is committed to developing and delivering a real and concrete solution for transitioning open-net pens in coastal British Columbia waters.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

WA - Navy Receives Approval for Exercises That Could Increase Harm to Washington Orcas

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has approved a request from the U.S. Navy to continue military exercises in Puget Sound and coastal Washington waters that could potentially harm the endangered Southern Resident orca population.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

USA - Green Group to Sue Corps, Feds Over Columbia River Decision

A group representing environmental lawyers has filed notice of intent to sue the federal government, including the Corps of Engineers, over its decision not to dismantle locks and dams on the Columbia River.

Pacific Northwest
Aquaculture

CAN - BC Salmon Farmers Plan $1.4 Billion in New Investment

British Columbia’s salmon farming industry has the potential to be a leader in the province’s post-pandemic economic recovery by stimulating $44 billion in new economic output by 2050.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

WA - Washington Coastal Zone Management Program Receives National Award

In September, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association awarded the Lower Columbia Solutions Group the 2020 Robert L. Wiegel Coastal Project of the Year.

Pacific Northwest
Local

OR - 50 years of Florence's (in)famous 'whale tale'

Nov. 12 marks the 50th anniversary of the globally recognized ‘Exploding Whale’

Pacific Northwest
Property

OR - King Tides Project Surges in Oregon

Every year in early winter, high tides on the Oregon coast are higher than usual.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

USA - New Research Reveals Flawed Approach to Salmon Recovery Programs - With Major Implications for Dams Debate

Newly published research has unveiled remarkable insight into the survival rates of Chinook salmon populations along the North American West Coast, highlighting a dramatic omission in the way such data has been interpreted for over two decades.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Washington State Salmon Management Challenged by Anglers

The Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife has argued that a group run by a fishing guide has no legal standing after the group challenged the agency's management of salmon in the region.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

OR - NOAA Boosts Coastal Restoration Jobs

Watershed restoration jobs on the Oregon coast got a big boost this summer and fall as the NOAA Restoration Center awarded Wild Salmon Center (WSC) $824,000 to support habitat restoration projects implemented through the Coast Coho Partnership (CCP).

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

CAN - Tourism Vancouver Island Turns Focus to Pandemic Recovery

With the tourism industry heading into what is expected to be a very bleak winter, Tourism Vancouver Island has decided to focus its energy on pandemic recovery, meaning it has opted out of its contract with the City of Nanaimo to manage the destination marketing of the city.

Pacific Northwest
Science

CAN - The Hidden Life of Kelp: How Sea Otters, Urchins and Starfish Make Ocean Forests

The following story is an excerpt from Heart of the Coast: Biodiversity and Resilience on the Pacific Edge by Tyee Bridge — a new, beautifully photographed introduction to B.C.'s coastal ecology, glaciology and archeology done in partnership with the Hakai Institute.

Pacific Northwest
Property

WA - Alaska Earthquake Reminder That Tsunamis Triggered by Quakes Can Reach Washington

If an Alaskan earthquake triggers a tsunami that could hit Washington, residents would have a few hours to seek higher ground.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

WA - Feds Being Sued Over New Decision to Leave Snake River Dams

A coalition of environmental and fishing groups will ask the courts to intervene for a sixth time after the federal government again decided not to breach the four lower Snake River hydroelectric dams.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

OR - Historic Wildfires Test Corps' Willamette Valley Projects

Dam safety can be a gloomy business at times. In order to protect a dam, engineers must first brainstorm all the different ways the structure could possibly fail. It’s a strategy of predicting and preparing for the worst.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Puyallup Tribe Eyes Lawsuit Over River Pollution and Declining Fish

Critics say a 116-year-old dam on the Puyallup River is a threat to already vulnerable fish populations.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - The Elwha Dams Are Gone and Chinook Are Surging Back, but Why Are So Few Reaching the Upper River?

ELWHA RIVER, Olympic Peninsula — They were the king of kings in Puget Sound, the biggest chinook of them all, strong enough to muscle up the falls at the Goblin Gates and power on all the way through nearly 4 miles of chutes and falls in the Grand Canyon of the Elwha.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

MT - Dive Team Created to Fight Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species are like the COVID-19 of streams and lakes. It takes only one watercraft to become a super spreader, introducing an invader like Eurasian watermilfoil or zebra mussels to a waterway.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

WA - $22 Million Being Invested in Helping Rivers and Streams

The Department of Ecology announced up to $22 million will be distributed to 21 high priority projects located in 16 watersheds across the state.

Pacific Northwest
Science

WA - Where There's a Whale, There's a Way. Keeping Field Science Going in a Pandemic

Deborah Giles hasn’t been able to let her usual crew onto her small research boat this year. To keep her research on the Northwest’s endangered orcas going despite the coronavirus pandemic, the whale biologist has recruited within her household bubble.

Pacific Northwest
Science

CAN - British Columbia's Seamounts Are Becoming Uninhabitable

The deep ocean, where changes usually manifest over millennia, is losing oxygen at an unprecedented rate.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

CAN - Largest Shoreline Cleanup on Central B.C. Coast

VICTORIA—B.C.’s central coast, including the Great Bear Rainforest, are the focus of a partnership aimed at ridding shorelines or marine debris.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

OR - Coastal Sediment a Challenge During Quakes, Tsunamis

People don’t generally think about how important sand and mud are in the context of our coastal communities and recreation areas, but in essence, sediments are what shape our coast.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

USA - Federal Government Releases Its Operational Plan for the Columbia River System Dams

PENDLETON — A final plan impacting the Columbia River system released earlier this month has some anglers and conservationists still looking for more answers.

Pacific Northwest
Science

USA - Taking Stock of Salmon Survival, Dams and Science

Federal agencies required a minimum criteria of 96 percent of spring-migrating and 93 percent of summer-migrating juvenile salmon had to survive passage over Lower Granite Dam, located in southeastern Washington.

Pacific Northwest
Property

WA - An Earthquake-Generated Tsunami Could Quickly Inundate Parts of Washington State, New Simulation Shows

Parts of Washington State could be inundated with water if a major earthquake struck offshore and generated a tsunami, according to new simulations by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

USA - Navy, State Clash Over Increased Testing That Could Harm Whales, Marine Life

BREMERTON — Navy and state leaders are at odds over a proposed rule for military testing in Puget Sound and coastal waters of Washington that allows the increased potential to harass and harm marine life, including the endangered and fragile Southern Resident orca population.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

CAN - It Will Take More Than Fishery Closures to Rebuild Steelhead Fish Population: UBC Researcher

The closure of net fisheries would increase the chances of a steelhead population recovery in the Thompson and Chilcotin Rivers, but it’ll take more than that to rebuild a fish population that may soon be extinct, according to a UBC researcher.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

WA - Sunlight Beach Dike Repairs Needed to Mitigate Flooding

Storms have eroded the dike in recent years, and it needs repairs to protect nearby properties.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR - NATURAL GAS: If Lawsuits Don't Kill Ore. LNG Terminal, Pandemic Might

An embattled liquefied natural gas export project in Oregon is facing yet another pitfall — an economic crisis spurred by a pandemic.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

OR - Beginning of Rockaway Beach: N. Oregon Coast History Includes Science Mystery

Like superheroes, Oregon coast towns have their origin stories, too. Yet not every one of them includes a much sought-after science mystery of sound.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

OR - 2 Critical Dams Survive Santiam Fire Intact

Detroit and Big Cliff dams are structurally intact and operational following a wildfire that destroyed much of the surrounding area.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Gillnetters Approve, Anglers Reel at Columbia River Salmon Policy Change

A recent update to the state’s Columbia River salmon management policy to change harvest allocations and allow commercial gillnetting on the main stem has anglers reeling.

Pacific Northwest
Property

OR - We Know Climate Change Set the Conditions for Oregon Fires. Did It Stoke the Flames, Too?

The extreme weather conditions that led into the Labor Day weekend wildfires were unlike anything Oregon’s seen before but could become more frequent.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

CAN - 'Bringing Beaches Back to Life': The First Nations Restoring Ancient Clam Gardens

In the Pacific north-west, local people work the shoreline, creating conditions for useful species to thrive

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

USA - Final Columbia River EIS Considers Breaching Four Lower Snake River Dams

Federal agencies recently issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement offering their first comprehensive analysis in 25 years of the effects of operating the Columbia River System’s 14 federal hydropower projects (“CRSO FEIS”) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”).

Pacific Northwest
Science

OR - Oregon Recognized as Leader in Efforts to Stem Climate and Ocean Changes

Oregon again was recognized as a leader in efforts to stem climate change and ocean acidification and hypoxia (OAH).

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

OR - Crab Industry, State Continue Plans to Avoid Whale Entanglement

New regulations for commercial Dungeness crab fishermen in Oregon aim to get boats on the water earlier in the season and reduce the amount of gear to avoid tangling with endangered whales.

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